Primary B Weekly Note

Dear Primary B Families,

We have had a fun-filled week, chock full of learning and play.

Second-grade mathematicians practiced “making and breaking” numbers up to 20. We played several games which allowed students to demonstrate their comfort with number facts to 20 and practiced using "turn around facts" (a+b= c so b+a=c) to quickly solve math problems. We also learned a new game, Count and Compare 5s, which encourages students to identify large quantities rather than counting individual items using concepts such as "greater than" and "less than."

In first-grade math students have been exploring part-part-whole relationships with numbers and using a model called a "number tree" to demonstrate this understanding. We are working on using this model to help us write and solve addition and subtraction number sentences that are related to each other. For example, if your "whole" is 7 and your "parts" are 3 and 4, you can create the equations 3+4=7, 4+3=7, 7-3=4, and 7-4=3.

Last week we honored our fearless spellers, and this week we came up with strategies to spell words more conventionally. We practiced the mantra “Say it, stretch it, hear it, write it” and put it to practice. By saying words slowly and carefully listening for all the individual sounds, we hope students will feel more comfortable putting beginning, middle, and ending sounds into their writing. We also introduced our word wall and talked about finding small words inside of bigger words.

On Thursday, we had the privilege to see a 19-member high-school string orchestra from the Sigursveins Music School in Reykjavik, Iceland, perform at TPS. Our students were impressed with the musicians’ skill and enjoyed the music that we heard. We are looking forward to seeing another musical performance on November 1, when the entire Primary Unit will travel to see the Philadelphia Orchestra perform.

This week, ask your child…

  • to help you find smaller words inside of bigger words.
  • What is your question about weather?
  • What did you enjoy about the string ensemble performance?

In partnership,

Marisa and Becca

P.S. A Look Ahead...

Each family in our class is scheduled for a parent/teacher conference in the upcoming weeks. Conferences are a time for us to share what is happening in our classrooms and the work that your child is doing academically and socially. We will spend the week leading up to conferences working on self-reflections and personal interviews. Each student's reflection and personal interview will help guide his/her conference. We hope families leave feeling informed about their child's achievements so far and his/her work and goals for the year. Conferences are also a time for you to freely share information with us and to ask questions you may have. If you have any questions or thoughts you'd like to share with us prior to conferences, please send us an email. We would love to hear from you. We look forward to meeting with you in November!